Wolf Point Herald

Ralph Clark

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Ralph Clark, 87, of Froid died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood.
He was born Sept. 15, 1927, at the family farm in rural Sheridan County, the youngest child of Harris and Frances (Cookson) Clark. He graduated from Froid High School in 1945.
He farmed with his brother Don until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He completed basic training at Lackland, Texas, followed by refrigeration school at Ft. Belvoir, Va. He was stationed in Japan for two years and then returned to farming after he was discharged. He was also a residential and commercial journeyman electrician for several decades.  
On July 10, 1965, he married Ruth Ann Davidson. They had two children and were married for 47 years. He was a man of great faith and integrity. He also had a great sense of humor.
He was active in the Big Sky Church and the former Grandview Church of the Brethren, where he served as moderator, teacher, Sunday school superintendent, trustee and deacon. He served as director and delegate on co-ops and on ASCS community committees; as a delegate to Church of the Brethren district and annual conferences; and in various roles for the Grandview Cemetery Association.  
He also enjoyed gardening and always shared the fruits of his labor with family, friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; brothers, Robert, Gerald, James and Howard Clark.
He is survived by a daughter, Kristi Jamison of Jefferson City, Mo.; son, Russell Clark of Bozeman; seven grandchildren; and brother, Don Clark of Billings.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 20, at the Big Sky Church in Froid. Interment was in Grandview Cemetery, east of Froid.

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Everett Jacobsen

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Everett Eugene Jacobsen, 93, of Froid, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
He was born July 28, 1921, at home on the family farm near Froid. He was the fourth of eight children born to Bernhardt and Amelia Meeks Jacobsen. He attended school at Froid and graduated from Froid High School in 1939 and then he attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, Wash.
He was drafted into the Army on Oct. 23, 1942, during World War II and spent 18 months in the South Pacific. After his discharge on Feb. 28, 1946, he finished his accounting degree and then worked as an accountant in Seattle, Wash.
He returned to the Jacobsen farm east of Froid in the spring of 1948.  
In April 2014, he went into the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
He married Maxine Fowler Jan. 17, 1950, at Manhattan. They made their home on the farm near Froid where they raised their three children.  They had 48 years together on the farm until Maxine spent her last years at Bethel Home in Williston, N.D. Maxine died in 2006.
He married Jane Morstad in 2007 and they lived on the farm near Froid.
When he was young, he made his choice to serve God. That choice became his commitment and joy for his whole life and enabled him to live a quiet, steady Godly life.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine; and brothers, Clarence, Ruvold, Derold, Foy and Lloyd.  
He is survived by his wife, Jane; two sons, David of Froid and Gordon of South Lyon, Mich.; daughter, Carolyn of Kalispell; two grandchildren; four step-children, Nick Morstad, Faith Braaksma, Jennifer Burdick and Monica Bergh; eight step-grandchildren;  eight great-step-grandchildren; his sister, Irene Hunter; and his brother, Lee Jacobsen.
His funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Froid Community Center. Burial in Grandview Cemetery, east of Froid followed the service.

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Florence Cecil

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Florence Daley Cecil, a Valley County native, died in Richland, Wash., Nov. 7, 2014.
She was born to Rose and John Daley Sept. 9, 1932, on the family homestead north of Nashua in the Spring Valley community. She was the youngest of nine children, Leonard, Lester, Glen, Norman, Earl, Doris, Violet and Floyd.
Upon the death of her father, she and her mother moved to Glasgow. Later, Albert Brouhard became her step-father. She spent much of her adult life in eastern Washington, marrying Kennard Rasmussen and later Dick Cecil. From these unions, she had three children, Terri Rose, Tanna June and Micky Ross.
She spent much of her working years in the restaurant/supper club business and, later in life, spent many years in the lab of a local potato chip company.
Her pastimes were tending her flowers, sitting on her deck, listening to her windchimes and watching birds at her feeders. She adored her children and grandchildren and loved attending their activities.
She was an avid Seattle Seahawks fan, sporting and collecting Seahawks memorabilia right up until her death.
She lived for the last year at Hearthstone in Moses Lake and then with her daughter Tanna.
She was preceded in death by all her siblings except for Floyd, who died three months later, and her granddaughter, Jade.
She is survived by her daughters, Terri Moore of Benton City, Wash., and Tanna  Gerds of Benton City, Wash.; son, Micky Cecil of Moses Lake, Wash.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Beverly Olsen

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Beverly Olsen, 80, died  Feb. 6, 2015, at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
She was born Dec. 9, 1934, in Fort Peck to parents William and Carrie (Jensen) Elfring. She was the youngest of nine children.
She married George Olsen Nov. 1, 1952, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. They resided on the family farm west of Glasgow, where they raised four children. He died Oct. 26, 1985. She continued to live and work on the farm until moving to Prairie Ridge in the spring of 2011.
She was known for her quilting, sewing and gardening talents. As an accomplished gardener, the yields of her gardens and sewing projects were regular entrants and blue ribbon winners at the Valley County Fair.
Cherished friendships were made throughout the years, especially with those of fellow vendors at the local farmers’ market and with residents and staff at Prairie Ridge.
She is survived by four children, Darcy Doke of Blaine, Minn., Robert of Glasgow, John of Miles City and Carrie Wilson of Scobey; brothers, Herbert Elfring of Jackson, Mich., and Robert Elfring of Glasgow; sister, Connie Potepan of Cantonsville, Md.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; sisters, Carnellia Elfring, Elenora Elfring and Lillian Voelsch; and brothers, Bud Elfring and Carl Elfring.
A memorial services was held Thursday, Feb. 12, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.

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Rodney Kelm

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Rodney Gerald Kelm, 62, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at the Billings Clinic in Billings.
He was born to Eno and Betty (Quam) Kelm Dec. 1, 1952, in Williston, N.D. He grew up in Plentywood until 1964 when the family moved to Forsyth. He lived in Forsyth with his parents and two brothers, Cory and Tim, until he finished school. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army.
After an honorable discharge, he returned to Forsyth where he began his railroad career and met Patty Cellmer. They raised two children, Sheri and Dustin and were an important part of their grandchildren’s lives. When Rod met Patty, he had a daughter Keri from Debbie Kelm. Next came Dustin.
He enjoyed life to the fullest. The water at Fort Peck Lake brought the family all together — fishing, skiing, camping, being with all his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patty; and a brother, Tim Kelm.
Survivors include his son, Dustin Kelm of Glasgow; daughter, Sheri Lynn Kelm of Fort Peck; three grandchildren; a brother, Cory Kelm of Nampa, Idaho; and his father, Eno Kelm of Apache Junction, Ariz.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Fort Peck Community Church in Fort Peck. Interment was at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.

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